- Highway 33 out of Ojai has been closed on/off all winter and remains closed today due to slides.
- Hwy 41 finally reopened after being closed for over a month due to a landslide.
- I5 near Gorman sustained some major damage this past weekend.
- And other temporary closures including Hwy 154, Lockwood Valley Rd, 101, etc……
But none of this compares to what has been happening along the Big Sur Coast. It’s been a tough year to say the least. First, the massive Soberanes Fire and now crazy amounts of rain followed by flooding and landslides. Hwy 1 remains closed between Ragged Point (southern end) and Big Sur Station (northern end). Slides, such as the one in the photo above, have been regular occurrences along Hwy 1. It seems that as soon as one slide is cleared or mitigated, another slide occurs. At one point there were reports of over 20 slides blocking Hwy 1. In addition, the Forest Service has closed the Nacimento-Fergusson Rd west of Coast Ridge Rd due to road slippage. And as if that was not enough, structural damage was discovered on the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge (just south of Big Sur Station) which has completely blocked access along Hwy 1 in Big Sur. A slide has developed under the bridge that has caused the structure to move 7 inches within the past week. Quite a mess! We won’t try to predict a timeframe as to when Hwy 1 will reopen in Big Sur, but it’s looking likely it will be closed for quite a while.
Santa Ynez Double Rainbow